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Cornwall’s 2024 Bucket List

From sea shanties, to food festivals, and incredible musical line-ups, here are some top events in Cornwall in 2024.

Throughout the year: Bobby’s Taste of Cornwall, The Greenbank Hotel

Indulge in an exquisite six-course tasting menu at The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth. Taking place throughout the year, Head Chef Bobby will be curating a collection of dishes that encapsulates the true taste of Cornwall, taking you on a journey that highlights tradition, new cooking techniques, flavour fusions, and most importantly, champions local produce. For passionate foodies, this is not one to miss. Make sure to keep an eye out across The Greenbank Facebook page for news on upcoming events.

30th March - 7th April: St Endellion Easter Festival

A treat for the eyes and the ears, head to Collegiate Church of St Endellion in North Cornwall over the Easter weekend for inspiring musical arrangements. From opera singers, to an orchestra of instruments, the setting of the ancient church is made even more breathtaking when filled with the melodic sounds of talented musicians.  Founded in 1958, this tradition is over 60 years old, and plays an important part in the community of the hamlet just outside Port Isaac. 

26th-28th April: Porthleven Food Festival

At the end of April, under the iconic clock tower and harbour, expect the salt-washed streets of Porthleven to be a hive of hungry visitors. Porthleven Food Festival is set to be one of the most popular events in Cornwall in 2024. Discover an endless sea of food and drink stalls, from lobster rolls, freshly shucked oysters, and hot mac n cheese, to moreish brownies, chocolate-dipped churros, jars of Cornish chilli sauce, and locally brewed beers.

📷 : Porthleven Food Festival

8th May: Helston Flora Day

Another truly Cornish tradition. The town of Helston has marked the end of winter and the arrival of spring with Flora Day for hundreds of years. The local community comes together every May in expressing the light, vitality, and colour that comes with the changing of the seasons. Expect to see shop displays in all their vibrant glory, and dancing in the streets.

 

31st May - 2nd June: The Great Estate Festival, Scorrier

It’s the return of the most rambunctious festival in Cornwall. A whimsical line-up awaits, from live music, mirror balls hanging from trees, a secret gin garden, silent disco under the stars, circus performances, and more! Located on the impressive grounds of Scorrier House, expect the unexpected at this family friendly festival.

📷 : Great Estate Festival

6th-8th June: Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge

Cornwall’s biggest annual event promises the very best of Cornish agriculture, food and entertainment. Come along and explore the farming talent, gardeners, chefs, and local businesses across the county, coming together for a weekend of livestock competitions, flower shows, food and drink, and live music.

📷 : The Royal Cornwall Show

14th-16th June: Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

One of the hotly anticipated events in Cornwall in 2024 is the annual International Sea Shanty Festival. During this weekend in June, the seaside town of Falmouth comes alive with the familiar sound of shanties, performed at a variety of local pubs, restaurants, and venues. Be sure to visit The Working Boat, perched right on the harbour, for their line-up of events throughout the weekend.

Throughout June & July: Eden Sessions, St Austell

Head to the world-renowned biomes at The Eden Project this summer for a line-up of musicians, playing the most unique stage in all of Cornwall. 2024’s Eden Sessions line-up includes JLS, Tom Grennan, and Fatboy Slim, with more names set to be announced soon.

📷 : Eden Project

25th-28th July: Rock Oyster Festival

Rock Oyster Festival is a hybrid between a food and a music festival. Attracting some well-known names in music, Sugababes, Bombay Bicycle Club, and CMAT are amongst some of the talented singers and performers. For the foodies in the crowd, plenty of cooking demonstrations and appearances from Michelin-starred chefs will happen across the weekend.

7th-11th August: Boardmasters, Newquay

Every year, Boardmasters gets bigger and better. With surfing at its roots, the festival is appropriately held on the cliffs of Watergate Bay, overlooking the beach and waves. This year’s line up has some incredible names, with Stormzy and Chase & Status announced as headliners, with more names to follow soon!

📷 : Boardmasters

9th-18th August: Falmouth Week

Whether you’re interested in sailing, or just want to get involved with the shoreside events, Falmouth Week is one of the busiest times of the year for the seaside town on the south coast. The Working Boat is one of the prime locations for observing the action on the water, with a pint of something cold in hand. Keep an eye out for the marquee by the sea, hosting live music throughout the week.

31st August: Truro Pride Parade

Whether you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, or an ally showing up in support, everyone is welcome to Truro’s Pride Parade. More information on the logistics of this important calendar event are yet to be announced, but you can expect the streets of the Cornish capital to look brighter than ever before with a rainbow of colours.

14th-28th September: St Ives September Festival

The postcard worthy views and picturesque coastal scenery in St Ives makes it a total hotspot for visitors, particularly in the summer holidays. One September in 1977, when the crowds dispersed, and the weather cooled, a few locals came together to share art and music, and September Festival was born. Now attracting new visitors well into the autumn, it’s a celebration of the arts, from music, painting, pottery, and photography, to poetry and literature, there’s something for everyone.

📷 : The Cornwall Guide 

10th-13th October: Falmouth Oyster Festival

In October, Cornwall comes together in the town of Falmouth to pay homage to the native oyster. One of the best seafood events in Cornwall in 2024, fish lovers let your senses go wild in the marquee on events square, with cooking demos from local chefs, succulent seafood, and oysters galore!

Throughout December: Christmas at The Alverton

We have a magical calendar of events to mark the most wonderful time of the year. Throughout December, gather your friends, family, or colleagues for a Christmas party night, dig into a trove of yuletide treats with our famous festive afternoon tea, and pull up a pew in The Great Hall to watch the hilarious seasonal comedy ‘Christmas.Time’ by Near-ta Theatre on 27th December.

Plan your 2024 visit to Cornwall

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